May 26, 2019

Book Review: The Last Wild By Piers Torday

    My 12 year old asked me to read this book. He read it last year and really enjoyed it. Any book that can encourage my child to read more is a winner in my book! This is part of a series and is aimed at 8-12 year olds or 3rd- 7th graders however, as an adult, I found it an interesting read as well. At this time I have not read the others in the series but plan to once my child is finished reading them.
    It centers on the main character of Kester, who is 12 years old, and his inability to speak verbally over the past six years since his mother died. However, he is able to communicate with animals. Kester hasn't seen his father in years while living in a place called Spectrum Hall.

    The book centers on the fact that animals are almost extinct due to a "red eye" virus.  Events unfold that aid Kester in escaping Spectrum Hall and he is enlisted by animals thought to be extinct for help in finding a cure for the "red eye." However there are people in power that do not want that to happen. They need the animals to be completely extinct and will do anything to make this happen. Kester must find answers and he believes his father holds them. With aide of many animals, most importantly, a stag, he will uncover details about the "red eye" and if his father, a scientist, can truly help. I felt the author did a decent job creating the characters, settings and Kester's journey and the animals he meets along the way.

    I am curious how the story will continue in the series. Comment below if you would like me to review them as well.

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